EMAS position statement: Bone densitometry screening for osteoporosis

Maturitas. 2011 Jan;68(1):98-101. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.09.009. Epub 2010 Nov 19.


Introduction: Osteoporosis and its consequent fractures is a major public health problem.

Aim: To formulate a position statement on the use of bone densitometry in screening postmenopausal women for osteoporosis and in their management.

Materials and methods: Literature review and consensus of expert opinion.

Results and conclusions: Bone densitometry has an important role in screening postmenopausal women for osteoporosis. For higher sensitivity and specificity, there may be a stronger case for screening in later life, depending on the extent to which risk factors add to the value of bone mineral density tests.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Bone Density*
  • Densitometry / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / diagnosis*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity